Ollie’s interest in aviation was sparked by his father’s hang gliding and microlighting. From there he built and flew model aircraft, winning a class in a national championship. He got his Dad to build gliders for his friends and then teach them how to fly them.
As soon as he could he learnt to fly hang gliders, gaining his BHPA rating in 2009 at the age of 19. Since then he has competed nationally and internationally and his list of competition results is too long to list here.
Starting work at Airways Airsports enabled him to broaden his horizons into paragliding, paramotoring and microlighting. While studying to become an aircraft technician he taught hang gliding and paragliding and took members of the public on Air Experience flights. In 2015 he began recording his daily vlogs which would prove immensely popular with flyers and non-flyers alike, offering an insight into the world of competitive hang gliding. He also set up the British Hangies Facebook group which now has 1400 members, again displaying his desire to encourage and educate others about the world of flying.
Having got a job at the Moyes factory in Australia 2018 has proved an outstanding year for hang gliding competition successes, with outstanding results in in Australia, New Zealand, Australia again, Macedonia, Italy, France, America and back to Australia again, where he upset the current Australian and World Champion Johnny Durand by winning the Canungra Classic. He also won the won the world’s longest-ever hang gliding competition task at 388km, appearing on UK breakfast television to speak about his achievement and further raise the profile of the sport.
Ollie is now probably the world’s most recognised British pilot, his name synonymous with that of hang gliding. His self-deprecating nature has made him a firm favourite on the competition circuit with competitors and spectators alike. He continues to be a brilliant ambassador for both the UK and the sport of hang gliding